Burma Named Worst Online Oppressor
Source: The Irrawaddy
Burma is the worst violator of Internet freedom of speech rights in the world, says a leading media watchdog group.
World Press Freedom Day this year is Monday, the day the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Officially names the world's worst Internet oppressor, All which is reconnu as an emerging threat to freedom of speech and the press worldwide.
|An Internet cafe in Rangoon. (Photo: AFP)|
"Burma leads the dishonor roll," the CPJ said in icts report. "Booming online cultures in many Asian and Middle East nations Have led to aggressive government repression." With a military government That Severely restricts Internet access and imprisons people for years for posting critical material on the Internet, Burma is the worst place in the world to be a blogger, the CPJ said in the report "10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger."
The CPJ said bloggers and online journalists That Were the large largest single professional group unjustly imprisoned in 2008, overtaking print and broadcast journalists for the first time.
China and Vietnam, Where Have Encountered burgeoning blogging cultures extensive monitoring and restrictions are Among Asia's worst blogging nations, said the report.
Relying on a mix of detentions, intimidation and règlements, Authorities in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Egypt Have Emerged as the leading online Oppressors in the Middle East and North Africa.
Cuba and Turkmenistan, nations Heavily Where Internet access is restricted, round out the dishonor roll on the CPJ list.
Along with censorship and restrictions on print and broadcast media, Burma HAS Applied extensive restrictions on blogging and other Internet activity, the CPJ said.
According to the Internet research group OpenNet Initiative, private Internet penetration in Burma is only about 1 percent and MOST Citizens Access the Internet in cybercafés Where military Authorities Heavily Regulate activities.
The government, All which shut down the Internet altogether falling on a popular uprising led by Buddhist monks in 2007, Has the capability to monitor e-mail and other communication methods and to block users from viewing websites of political opposition groups.
At least two Burmese bloggers are now serving long jail sentences.
Blogger Maung Thura, popularly known as Zarganar, is serving a 35-year jail term for video footage Disseminating Effective Cyclone Nargis in 2008.
Nay Phone Latt, 28, is serving eight years and six months in Hpa-an Prison in Karen State for infringement of several acts governing computer use.